Sustainability at Formula E

The concept of sustainability for Formula E is to reduce our footprint as much as possible and have a positive impact on both people and the planet. We are not just a race! We are a technological and sustainable development test bed for some of the leading companies in and out of motor racing to address mobility and environmental issues.

Formula E is the World’s first all-electric single seater racing series. We are fighting climate change, by offering a solution to air quality in city centres. Delivering entertainment on four continents, we reach a broad audience in an innovative way, inspiring generations to adopt electric vehicles.

Through the FIA Formula E Championship, our Legacy Programmes and the research, development and promotion of sustainable mobility, we address important environmental issues, offer solutions to air quality concerns in city centres and promote the use of renewable energy to a global audience.

We aim to accelerate innovation in electric vehicle technology, stimulate governments to develop infrastructure and showcase how electric vehicles will revolutionise everyday transportation through unprecedented and exciting urban entertainment.

With the guidance of DHL, our race calendar has been established on a circular basis to quickly and efficiently transport the race equipment around the world and keep our footprint in terms of freight as low as possible.

We race in the heart of the city, bringing the race to our spectators and encouraging walking and the use of public transport.

Our smoke-less and noise-less car batteries are powered by a 0% emission and renewable glycerine fuel.

The unique tyres specially designed by Michelin, are suitable for all weather conditions and last the entire race day. The real winner is that they are all recycled.

Formula E marks the beginning of a new era, it is the start of the future for electric and environmentally conscious racing. We strive to become the first carbon-neutral motor sport championship in the world.

As a team of passionate dreamers we work together as ambassadors of the Formula E values with the belief that perceptions will change for the better.

  • Education - We are committed to giving back to the communities that host our events by giving everyone an opportunity to access our knowledge and experiences. By being inclusive, we believe that we can learn and grow together.
  • Energy – This is central to our activities from powering our cars with clean and renewable sources to the dynamism that defines our people. Our wish is to inspire and excite everyone who attends our events. 
  • Environment - Having sustainability in our hearts, we aim to make a lasting contribution to mobility as part of the development of smart cities. With a commitment to fighting climate change, WE DRIVE OUR FUTURE.
  • Entertainment – This is the true core value of what we do. Our passion to amaze and excite enables us to challenge conventions.

 If you have any questions or wonderful solutions to save the planet, please contact us on sustainability@fiaformulae.com 

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability incorporates environment, social and economy.

The notion of ‘sustainability’ arose from the World’s first Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro in 1992:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. “

Bruntland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development (1992)

Sustainability is about creating an awareness of our impacts on the people and the planet, to change behavioural patterns and innovate in ways to find solutions to environmental, social and economic issues, so that we can help to benefit the people and the planet today and in the future.

Air quality is one of the most pressing global issues of our time for human beings. The cities of the world contribute disproportionately to environmental damage, as they currently produce around 75% of carbon emissions. With the present energy intensive modes of urban development and the predicted addition of 3 billion more city-dwellers by 2050, highlights that we need to take quick and large scale action to limit climate change.

At Formula E we understand that these issues are interdependent. According to various reports from the UN, in 2015 the transport sector was responsible for around one quarter of energy related global greenhouse emissions from fossil fuel combustion, and one fifth of total energy use. The transport sector has the highest CO2 emissions growth of all sectors and is expected to grow one third by 2050.

Figure 1- Global Breakdown of Total COEmissions from Fuel Combustion. Source: International Energy Agency


Transport touches almost every one of our lives on a daily basis. Whether you are driving your kids to school, riding on the tube or bus to work, taking a flight to a well-deserved holiday destination. The importance of transport to economy and social wellbeing is undeniable, as is transports impact on the environment as a major contributor of damaging climate emissions and air pollution worldwide.

The UN states that:

“In order to support global reductions in CO2 emissions from the transport sector, technical innovation will have to go hand in hand with supporting policies…Improving the efficiency of new cars, from incremental technology improvements and hybridisation, at this rate would make it possible a 50% improvement in the average fuel economy of all cars on the road worldwide by 2050.”

UNEP Global View of Emissions Report

That’s why here at Formula E we have stepped up to the challenge of sustainable mobility and made it our priority to improve air quality of the cities in which we race and reduce emissions from the transport sector through the research, development and promotion of electric vehicles, their infrastructure and encouraging the use of clean energy.

With the amount of cars set to increase by one third by 2050, and the rate that transport emissions are already growing, Formula E strives to reach out to a new generation of motor racing fans, to create awareness of these impacts and change perceptions towards the adoption of electric vehicles for a more sustainable and clean future. Not only this, but we wish to do it in style, making the electric vehicle market as competitive, fun and exciting as possible.